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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style AleSierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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6,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,393
Reviews: 2,819
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,146 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-06-1998)
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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Broke out a mini vertical after brewing on 5-21-11, including bottles from 2007-2011. Review is of 2011 vintage.

A: Poured a slightly hazy ruby/brown color with a foamy off-white head with nice retention and thick, sticky lacing left on the glass.

S: I was not prepared for the hops on the aroma, tons of both citrus and pine with a solid caramel backbone. Some tropical fruits including grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Again, surprisingly hoppy. A combination of both citrus/tropical and pine flavors with more of the former - some grapefruit and pineapple. The is a sizeable malt backbone giving a sweetness as well as a slight nutty/toasty characteristic.

M: Very smooth (the aged bottles were smoother), medium bodied, slightly filling, with moderate carbonation.

O: Very good! Typically I am not a huge fan of American Barleywines, finding them to be a bit harsh, but this one wasn't at all. Now..to resist cracking the others I have left so I can age them..

mdaschaf, May 25, 2011
Photo of mattjv
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark amber color with copper highlights around the edges. 1.5 fingers of foamy head with good retention considering 9.6% ABV.

S-Rich, sticky caramel malt sweetness comes out strong. Lots of hop presence as expected, big resinous pine and orange citric character. Alcohol is definitely present on the aroma but kept in check.

T-Rich caramel malt presence starts it on a sweet note, bitterness comes in quick and strong. loads of piny hop flavors reminiscent of chewing on a mouthful of needles. Lemon and orange flavors provide a citrus complement to the hop backbone, did I mention bitterness? Comes in very strong and lasts long into the finish with a mildly soapy component. As with the aroma, some alcohol spice and heat are present but it doesn't run amok.

M- Full bodied, moderate carbonation pleasantly prickles on the tongue without overwhelming any of the taste.

0-A great brew with tremendous flavor and bitterness. Steer very clear if bitter beers aren't your thing, otherwise give it a try.

mattjv, May 25, 2011
Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

This is a great looking brew. A fairly clear brown-red color with a huge amount of off-white head that retains forever and leaves thick gobs of lacing. The aroma is nice, an upfront dank citric hoppiness over sweet caramel malts. The taste is quite well-composed. The sweet malts come through right away, but a HUGE dank hop kick comes in, almost like it's chasing the liquid down my throat. A bit of alcohol is present on this stage as well. Nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very full-bodied with a bit of smoothness from a moderate amount of carbonation. The drinkability is quite good for such a big beer. Overall, a great beer. Looking forward to having some of these aged.

shand, May 25, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada 2011 Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

A dark golden red, initial white head falling back to a witte ring around the glass

Dark malts, dark fruit, some grassy notes and a noticeable citrus aroma

Big taste here, initial sweetness and dark fruit flavours, then a massive bitterness starts to develop and peaks on the finish. Some citrus notes here as well. A massive bitterness dominates the finish and hangs around for a long time

Medium carbonation, medium body, coats the mouth nicely

A fantastic beer to sit and savour, great for hopheads given the high hop rates and high alcohol strength. Recommend you try this if you see it.

NATOuk, May 23, 2011
Photo of djsmith1174
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice reddish brown with a good tan colored head.

S: Nice balance of grapefruit and sweetness from the malts.

T: Starts nicely with the grapefruit from the hops and transitions to the sweet caramel malts. the extreme balance of the flavors really makes this beer shine.

M: Medium viscosity and slickness that I expect from a Barleywine.

O: I really enjoy this beer both fresh and with age. Fresh, it's like and extreme IIPA due to the hop profile and the malt sweetness in the backbone. It becomes more of a Barleywine with age since the hop character settles a bit. Either way it's a damn fine brew that I seek out several 6 packs of every year.

djsmith1174, May 22, 2011
Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Bigfoot was a leather brown hue with some red undertones. The head was soft-looking and khaki colored.

S: The aroma consisted of a strong, but equal, presence of both the malt and hops. I could also detect the slight sting of the alcohol.

T: The flavor was bittersweet and balanced; again, the alcohol was noticeable but not distracting. Each sip also left a bitter aftertaste on my tongue.

M: This beer was VERY thick, and it had a creamy head. This beer definitely felt thicker than any other beer I've drank, even more than North Coast Brewing's Old Rasputin.

O: Overall, I liked this beer but found it too strong to finish. Between the substantial content of malt sweetness and hops bitterness and the dense mouthfeel, I could only take small sips of this beer. Moreover, I only think I made it about half way through the bottle because the beer was so intense. I think my Bigfoot would have been considerably more enjoyable if it had been aged for at least a year; my bottle was from the 2011 batch. I can tell much care went into making this beer, and I hope I'll be able to drink a Bigfoot some time in the future that has been aged for a year or more.

humuluslupulus8, May 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice dark brownish red.

Smell was huge with tons of sweet smells and malty smells.

Taste was also huge. Tons going on with anything from sweet to roasty to almost earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel was huge. Very big bodied.

Overall a great drink but because of the full body and high ABV it would be very difficult to drink more than one or two.

Lillenk, May 21, 2011
Photo of JerseyKirk
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a white 1 finger head.

S: Very subtle citrus notes.

T: It's odd to say this but it tastes/smells a little like pot. Idk if people are into that or not but I liked it.

M: Full bodied and alcoholic.

D: Hells yea! I love this beer. This is the first barelywine that I wasn't disgusted by because the alcohol killed all of my senses.

JerseyKirk, May 18, 2011
Photo of hotliquor
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, light tan foam clings to the glass, beautiful mahogany color.

Smell: Rich malt, caramel, toffee, dark crystal, booze and citrus hops. Piney, grapefruit, and floral. Not as fresh tasting as when it was first released, but really good.

Taste: Bittersweet. Big malt and hop flavor, with lingering resin and warming alcohol. This is aggressive, but well done. Nutty dark crystal and explosive hop bitterness and flavor, mostly grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Finishes with sweet malt and tons of hop resins.

Mouthfeel: Sweet but the alcohol and hops make this more drinkable. Nice carbonation. Lingering resin and alcohol cleans the palate.

Overall: This is very good. I buy a six pack or more each year and I always enjoy it.

hotliquor, May 18, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy dark amber red with a small white head that fades into a white layer. Good lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong burst of citrus and floral hops followed by sweet caramel malts. Grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and a bit of spice.

Taste: Citrus and earthy hops up front are followed by sweetness from the caramel malts and fruits. Finishes with some more hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Chewy and bitter but still smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A very solid brew. I'm not very experienced with barleywines so I don't really have anything to compare it too. It tastes a lot like a DIPA.

Edit: After having several different barleywines both English and American style, I had a fresh 2012 bottle and still think this is the most hop forward take on the style yet. Its like the American style taken to the extreme. I look forward to trying an aged one sometime.

MattyG85, May 18, 2011
Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 batch

appearance-It pours a dark amber body with a I finger head.
smell-Pine Hops.
taste- Bitter hops upfront which leads to a quick hit of alcohol then a sweet crisp lingering on the tongue.

overall- With about 5 months on it Bigfoot still has a proper hop profile and is enjoyable. There is a huge malt backbone to balance the hops but they are still balanced at this point.

FatBoyGotSwagger, May 17, 2011
Photo of birdman200
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mahogany, dark caramel color. 2 finger off white head. Great lacing
S: Bubble gum, alcohol burn, floral hops, grapefruit, pine, green apple.
T: Deep malty backbone, honey, Little oak taste. Noticeable sweetness.
M: Really lingers in mouth for long time.
D: The tits. Amazing beer - 1st barleywine ever, and won't be the last.

birdman200, May 17, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while since I heard it was one the better Barleywines available, but every time I thought to pick one up they were sold out for the season, but I am not letting the elusive Bigfoot escape me this time. 2011 Vintage, poured from a short 12oz brown bottle into a mini snifter.

A- I like the label on this beer, it fits the name and isn't as plain as most of Sierra Nevada's labels seem to be, I also like that the year was printed on the cap, very helpful for cellaring. It poured a nice caramel amber color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of nice looking lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with some sweet caramel malts, but are quickly overpowered by large amounts of citrus and floral hops that pretty much dominate the aroma and are mostly citrus with some pine thrown in there for good measure. I also pick up the faint aroma of alcohol, which is to be expected from this style. Smells pretty similar to a highly hopped IPA.

T- The taste starts off with a big presence of hops, its like a half and half mixture of citrus and piney hops that make for a pretty big hop profile and pretty hop forward Barleywine. In the middle I pick up the caramel malts that have the right amount of sweetness to it. The finish is moderately bitter with a slight hint of booze at the end.

M- Sticky, Medium bodied and it was pretty carbonated which I wasn't expecting but enjoyed.

Overall I though this was a pretty good barleywine. Pretty much all the Barleywine's I have had have all been heavy on the malts and malt forward, in this brew the malts take a back seat to the hops. I think I like the malts forward Barleywine's better but I can still appreciate the complexity's of this highly hopped Barleywine. I fell like the malt heavy ones are better suited for the colder temperatures of the winter, while this highly hopped one seems better suited for those cooler summer nights around the camp fire, each one has it's own good time and place. I don't know if this beer is that drinkable but since it is not as sweet as some of the other ones I have had I could see cracking another one if I had it. If I can find a 6 pack I think I will buy it, this would make a great summertime Barleywine. If you like your Barleywine's Hop forward then this is the brew for you, hell if you just a fan of Barleywine's in general you should try this. This was a great solid beer from Sierra Nevada, I would like to throw a couple of these in the cellar to see how this brew stacks up once the hops start to fade, I am willing to bet it will taste even better but completely different. This is up their with Torpedo for the best beer I have had from Sierra Nevada. EDIT- The 2012 version is just as good and even more intesence since this one was much fresher the 2011 I had last year, through and through one of the best looking barleywines and a really intense beer.

StoutHunter, May 17, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruity with an undertone of malt and a firm hint of molasses. It pours a pretty dark brownish amber, almost mahogany, with a thick, fluffy, fairly persistent white head. Luscious flavor is fruity and woody with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol bite is present and a bit tinny, but not as strong as with most barleywines, which is a plus. Texture is smooth, fizzy and edgy, leaving a tingly and woody finish. I for one recommend this to barleywine lovers.

Cyberkedi, May 15, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour with a tinge of ruby with an off-white two finger head that has good retention and great lacing. Lots of citrus in the nose, specifically tangerines, with a solid sweet malty backbone and a hint of alcohol. The taste is intense! Huge resiny, tangy, spicy, hop bitterness with a good measure of pine and orange peel and a hint of cinnamon. This is all nicely complemented by a syrupy malt sweetness that tries to tame the intense bitterness. This thing really opens up nicely as it warms. A thick and chewy sipper with a subtle alcohol burn. A classic interpretation of the style. Yet another winner from one of my favorite breweries!

beerdrifter, May 13, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dinner glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a light-to-medium mahogany color with a little carbonation visible through the glass. Head is the color of well-cooked egg whites, and it recedes into what looks like a mini rice cake/wafer on the surface of the brew. Lots of intricate spiderweb lacing. The only thing that would have made this perfect would have been a bit more head retention; but as it is, it's spectacular.

Smell: Toasty, sweet malt character underscored by some piney/citrusy hops. Lots of ester in the nose, but thankfully it mixes well with the rest of the scents. Well balanced but very strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel: At first sip, lots of citrus and alcohol. Almost no carbonation, but the carbonation that is there lends itself to giving the beer a touch more body. Nicely played. Piney hops dominate the middle-taste, with some of that malt sweetness coming through at the very end of the sip. Aftertaste is toasted oats and pine forest romps.

Overall: A pretty decent brew. It's easily drinkable, but the high ABV is not all that well-hidden, so exercise caution with this guy. I can almost taste the Bigfoot in this beer.

Lauthaha, May 12, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly transparent ruddy brown color with a thin off-white head. Retention is typical for a high ABV beer and it leaves a little lacing in my glass. The smell is of sweet malt with hints of grassy and citrus hops. Taste starts with a bit of the complex hops, then it shifts to the malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is just right and carbonation is mild. Overall, this is a great tasting beer, but the price point and availability make it exceptional.

gkunkle, May 12, 2011
Photo of patreely12
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of the 2011 poured into a snifter.

A - one inch of sudsy off-white head. ruby colored with a moderate cloudiness caused by the carbonation. big clumps of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - big rich malt sweetness. spicy hops. some sweet caramel and brown sugar. there are also hints of toasty bread, some very light citrus and floral pine. very nice aroma.

T/M - after the complexity of the nose I was a bit let down by the flavor. not saying that the flavors are bad or bland but after enjoying such a rich nose I expected the flavor to follow suit. strong punch of bitter, spicy hops up front which are cleaned up with some sweetness from the malts and a hint of caramel. the hops are the dominant flavor and they're stronger than I thought they'd be. finishes slightly bitter and with a bit of the alcohol. mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy. medium bodied. high carbonation.

Overall this is one of the best barleywines that I've had. It's the epitome of the style. very tasty. a little lower in drinkability because of the 9.6% ABV. I'll be picking up a six pack of this next year.

patreely12, May 11, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a tester from tap at Belmont Station.. but then purchased a 6-pack and brought it home. Cracked a fresh 2009 batch.

- Nice dark and rich caramel color with thick frothy off-white head and loads of lacing. Reminds me much of the Bastard. (4.5)

- Smell is of rich sweet caramel malt.. a bit of bread and rye.. a spicy hopness and rubbing alcohol. (4.0)

- Tastes much the same.. sweet and bold, spicy and sour.. creamy... and a bit too much of a rubbing alcohol flavor for me. But I am sure with age it wouldn't be as noticeable. (3.5)

- Not too dry an aftertaste, and leaves a certain sweetness. A bit chewy. (4.0)

- Quite drinkable, but rich. Definite warming of the stomach. (4.0)

2011 Bottle fresh. 5/10/2011

- Big fluffy head, leaves a goof 1/2 inch of light khaki colored foam.. clear ruby brown brew, looks plenty carbonated as many bubbles slowly carve their way through the malts sugars.

- Big crisp hops.. grassy and herbal, some pine. Sweet burnt caramelized sugars, caramel malt, candies, and earthy fire. Spice and alcohol present.

- Certainly a very hoppy Bigfoot this time around. Very refined and well tuned caramel flavors.. burnt caramel candy, earthy and grassy pine hops, and plenty of brown sugars.. a very well balanced, and hoppy barleywine. To me this one stands out over some of the years past, such as the '09.

- Medium bodied, drying from bitter hops, slightly syrupy and sticky. Afterall, this is a sweet barleywine.

- Overall a big fan of this vintage. The hops are explosive, and yet the super bitterness balances the super sweetness very well.. thus resulting in a huge array of flavors. I will certainly be purchasing many more 6-packs of this as I can.

Updated my score accordingly.

Docer, May 11, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. As it poured I thought it looked a bit thick or syrupy. Clear, dark caramel color. Not a lot of carbonation bubbles but the head is massive. Light brown or tan in color and a giant three fingers. Very frothy and quite sticky looking.

Big malt sweetness in the nose, a bit citrus aroma maybe just a hint of bread. No alcohol is present here.

The taste is a little different than the nose. Still has the huge malt sweetness but there is some bitter hop taste. The yeast is still really there in the nose but not here in the taste, this is a good thing. There is some alcohol here too but not boozy tasting. As it warms a bit I am getting some citrus maybe an orange or maybe it's not citrus more like pineapple Enjoyable!

The mouth is okay for the style. Rich, silky and a bit chewy. It doesn't have the huge mouth that Old Guardian or Old Ruffian have but not bad at all.

Overall I enjoyed this I would like to set this one aside for a while and try it again. It won't matter if the hop flavors fade, I think the rest of it may mesh a bit more. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

azdback, May 10, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on-tap at Alchemy in Madison, WI.

Poured a darker amber brown color with an average head on it and pretty good lacing as well.

Smell is sweet with a bit of citrus and pine as well. Some faint alcohol coming through.

Taste was hoppy up front with some caramel notes coming through. Very good flavor on this beer. Some alcohol in the finish but overall a pleasent taste.

Mouthfeel was light to medium. Went down fairly smooth. Nice after-dinner beer.

Overall a very good barleywine. I can see why people are so crazy about it. I enjoyed it and will definitely look for it in the future.

richkrull, May 09, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have only had a couple small samples of this beer in the past and I scored a 2010 bottle through a trade last month. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a deep brown body. The body was on the hazy side and had an one inch head that left very little lacing. The aroma had a sweet caramel malt feel to it. There was a strong, bitter hop presence that hit my pallet right away. The hops presence gives away to a sweet malty flavor. As the beer warmed up the flavors really started to come out more and I enjoyed the beer more with each sip. The carbination is noticable and you notice the alochol as well.

Overall I enjoyed the beer and this beer is worthy of the praise that it gets!

Dan3279, May 09, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice ruby/amber body with a great 2-finger rocky head that seems to last forever. Laces all the way down.

S- Big piney and citrusy aroma up front, sweet malt smell is there, but relatively a backing role. Just a little alchohol presence in the smell.

T- Just like the flavor, big hop punch up front followed by a little caramel and tobacco flavors. The malt is definately takes the back seat in this one. Slight alchohol warming in the back of the throat after the sip.

MF- Almost a full bodied beer, but falls up just short. The big flavors more than make up for it.

O- This is one amazing beer. Each time I drink this, it just reminds me of how awesome it truly is. In my opinion, the best American barleywine out there.

LtCracker20, May 08, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Usually there is a julian date on both the bottle and the label however only seem to see one here on the label and it looks like January 11th of this year was when this brew went into the bottle but I digress, it is a barleywine and bigfoot afterall...

A-> Massive head on a relatively gentle pour, as in like at least 3+ fingers worth of slightly offwhite colored head. Deep ruby ambers and copper colors.

S-> Hmmm, nothing really jumped out at me here however I have recently gotten over a mild illness and allergies are in full swoon with all the pollen and shit that has been flying around these days...getting a bit of dark fruits and some serious malt breads/biscuits. Some floral notes as well on the bouquet.

T-> Ah, there she is. Took a bit but finally recognizing that classic bigfoot taste from years past. Sweet malts and dark fruits with sugared plums and figs with some serious caramel notes and toasted grains as well. Getting some herbal flavors as well as a nice crisp and prevalent hop presence.

M-> Nice crsip feeling on the toungue that I attribute to the high (but pleasant) hop presence in this B-wine. Medium-bodied and nice and crisp with great carbonation and the lack of the typical syrup-esque texture/flavor is a welcome respite for the style.

O-> Overall, Bigfoot never dissapoints, and this year is right on point. Really like the fact that this is a hopped up barleywine and doesn't have the aforementioned syrup qualities that most brews of this style typically have. Not that that is a bad thing as a mtter of fact it is a quality I come to expect and love, when I'm in the B-wine kind of mood. That being said, this is a nice refreshing change and I have layed a couple of this year's vintage down in the cellar to see how they develop. Cheers!

Fluke828, May 07, 2011
Photo of burkyburk
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 year.
Huge head, a good inch and a half of beautifully light brownish foam.
Strong smell of hops, with a faint citrus smell.
The taste was very demanding. Very strong hops and bitterness. Light citrus notes.
Pretty bitter on the tongue, definitely a sipping beer.
The alcohol content adds a nice warming affect on the way down.

burkyburk, May 07, 2011
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 6,393 ratings.